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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others

Hard to fathom that one of the most anticipated indie films for 2015 (and potential Sundance entry) is one that features a former soap stars (Wendy Moniz and Trevor St. John) and actress/former SNLer Rachel Dratch (see set pic). Part of breed of folk (Drew Tobia, Nathan Silver, Joel Potrykus, Mark Jackson) who are being noticed for their micro-budgeted contributions to the American indie film landscape, is filmmaker Patrick Wang. He unassumingly made ripples into waves with the In the Family, a four-star film that initially got rejected by the top tier fests, but lathered up terrific word-of-mouth support from influencers. Reading like an Ingmar Bergman portrait, The Grief of Others commenced shooting this past April in an inner-suburb located in New York City.

Gist: Based on the novel by Leah Hager Cohen in which a couple’s (St. John and Moniz) baby dies 57 hours after his birth and the parents try to return to their previous lives and struggle to regain a semblance of normalcy for themselves and their two children.

Production Co./Producers: Jim Cummings, Vanishing Angle’s Erich Lochner and Matt Miller, Ben Wiessner with Patrick Wang

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition would be the ideal section.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).


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